Is a sprinkler system worth installing for a house flip?

Asked by Trulia Atlanta, Atlanta, GA Thu Feb 21, 2013

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Bruce Ailion, Agent, Marietta, GA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
Only in a luxury property where 50% of the competitive homes have sprinklers. Only spend money on things people will appreciate and pay for. Too often investors spend money on things most people don't want and won't pay for.

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Sally English, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Sat Mar 30, 2013
No, this would be a waste of money for a flip. Focus on cosmetics.
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I agree with you guys, that probably wouldn't be the best idea. If they had an existing sprinkler system that didn't work, I would get it repaired. It could cost a lot of money, and take a long time for the lawn to get back to normal if you put in a new sprinkler system. I would focus on cosmetics like Sally said.
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Richard makes a good point. While I think it is best to focus on cosmetic projects with a flip, a sprinkler system may be necessary. If you live in a wet region, then I wouldn't bother. However, if the climate is arid, then you should probably invest in one. A dead lawn will scare away potential buyers.
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Mon Apr 6, 2015
It depends on what the market typically has. If everyone has a sprinkler system besides you, then your property is going to look less desirable. If nobody cares about sprinklers, then you'll definitely want to put it off. Talk to an agent and see if people want sprinklers in the area.…
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Mar 30, 2015
I don't think it would hurt. Anything that improves the property is definitely a good thing to look into. I would suggest talking to a real estate agent about how much you could actually increase the value with it, just so you don't spend more than you'll make. Other than that though, it's definitely worth looking into this and any other improvement that you would make if it was a house you were going to be living in.
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Nora Moore, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Wed Mar 4, 2015
A lot of homes don't have a sprinkler system, so it might not be a big selling point in a home. If there is an existing system already in place, it would probably be worth fixing, though. Any appraiser would notice a system that wasn't working like that. Having a sprinkler system is really nice though. I wish we had one at our place.
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Daniel Frank…, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Sat Jan 31, 2015
I would argue that it depends on the area and general market. If the majority of the homes have sprinkler systems in that particular area (or if this is something that buyers in the area expect to have), then yes it may be worth the money to install. However, from experience I would say that a sprinkler system would just be an added luxury for potential buyers, and more importantly an extra bill for you. The money you have budgeted for the sprinkler system may be of better value invested in an area of the home that would appeal more to potential buyers. Good luck!

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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Sat Jan 24, 2015
I think that a sprinkler system is worth installing for a house flip. A green yard definitely makes a house more appealing to the yard. My mom just had a system installed at her home.
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Jan 22, 2015
I think that a sprinkler system would be worth installing. The home will look more desirable if the yard is well kept with lush green grass. My parents chose not to buy a home strictly because it did not have a system already installed.
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Gary Birtles, , Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Jan 8, 2015
I think it depends on a few factors. If the property is newer and in a warm climate, it can be a nice feature. If it is an older home, people don't tend to expect a sprinkler system. Something else you could consider is the size of the yard. Larger yards tend to require some sort of sprinkler system.
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garypuntman, , Los Angeles, CA
Fri Dec 19, 2014
I think that it would be worth it. A lot of home buyers will like to see that a home has a sprinkler system already installed. I don't think this is absolutely necessary to do, but it could help you in the selling process.
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Danielle Nic…, Agent, St Louis, MO
Wed Nov 26, 2014
If you are wanting to be profitable in doing a flip then concentrate on the necessary updates. Sprinkler systems are not typical for a residential property & you will not get back dollar for dollar value.
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Myersjulie31, Home Buyer, Blakeslee, PA
Wed Oct 29, 2014
I think that it might be worth it, but it depends on the situation. It would definitely add to the appeal of your home, since having a sprinkler system can help to make a lawn much nicer. If your lawn doesn't look very good, it might be worth the try to see if it will help, since it shouldn't take too long to get installed!
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Sat Oct 25, 2014
It all depends on the cost of the install, how much you bought the home for, and the other money you have sent on the home.

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Cory Trevor, Home Buyer, Aberdeen, OH
Fri Oct 24, 2014
I think this depends on the climate in your region. If it rains enough to make sprinkler systems optional, then you can probably skip it. However, if you live in an arid area, an irrigation system will be expected.
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My NC Homes…, Agent, Chapel Hill, NC
Sat Feb 23, 2013
Depends on the prioe range of the house you're going to sell. Unless you're in a price range of $750,000 or more I'd suggest that this would be a waste of your money.
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
I know a sprinkler system is a BIG plus in California!

With a flip you want to sale fast, right?

So, with that in mind why not do everything within your budget to make the home more attractive?

Just make sure you stay within your budget.

Much Success to You!

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Kawain Payne, Realtor
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I was going to say the same thing. It depends a lot on the area. Some places might be able to get away without any kind of irrigation or sprinkling, but California isn't one of those places. I think this is a great investment if you have the budget for it.
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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
I find it interesting to see how different our markets are. Real estate is a LOCAL commoditiy to be sure. When Bill suggests a $400k house should have high end features, I have to grin. Here in Key West, where the average sale price on the market is $640k, $400 is a bargain, low to mid range home, and a "$75k fixer upper" is unheard of! Of course, that can make the job of an agent even tougher when you get folks from out of town who want to buy a beautiful retirement home with their $200k life savings and find that won't even get them a decent condo.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Feb 22, 2013
If I'm buying a $400,000 home it better have a sprinkler system! On the other hand if the home is a $75,000 "fixer upper" I wouldn't expect this option.

A very wise person once told me to NEVER spend money on a home that you planned on selling and couldn't get a return on the money you invested. Keep it simple and be smart!

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Lee Taylor, Agent, Decatur, GA
Fri Feb 22, 2013
Bruce is 100% right.

Buy curb appeal before you buy a sprinkler system and you are talking about a very small segment of the GA market, ain't ya?

Give us some Neighborhood questions Trulia Atlanta, not these distant, boring questions all the time.
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Fred Yancy, Agent, Woodstock, GA
Thu Feb 21, 2013
In a couple of years it will be required of all new home builders to install sprinklers in new homes but this is not yet the case. A sprinkler system is not cheap and in a flip you want to go in, make improvements and upgrades but still be able to walk away with making a profit. I just can't see installing a sprinkler system as being perceived as a worthwhile investment at this time. Unless, of course, if it is a condo or townhome - then yes absolutely install a system if one does not already exist.
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